An anticipated Tottenham move for Alessandro Bastoni in 2023 may have to go through Man Utd and Man City after a report claimed they both intend to test Inter Milan’s resolve.
Bastoni, 23, is one of Serie A’s leading lights in defence. The left-footer has been a mainstay in Inter Milan’s backline in recent seasons. He was an integral figure in the rock solid defence that anchored Inter and Antonio Conte’s Scudetto success in the 2020-21 campaign.
Bastoni also has 15 Italy caps to his name and will expect to feature in the upcoming Qatar World Cup.
His rapid rise has not gone unnoticed, with Tottenham heavily linked with a move in the summer.
The Conte connection was likely the catalyst behind that speculation, though Spurs ultimately signed Clement Lenglet instead.
The Frenchman has only joined on a season-long loan, however. What’s more, the fact there is no obligation to buy suggests Tottenham will sign a more high profile target in 2023.
Links to Spurs recently resurfaced following Bastoni’s surprise substitution last weekend.
Bastoni was hauled off after just 30 minutes of Inter’s shock 3-1 defeat to Udinese while on a booking.
The centre-half did not take kindly to Simone Inzaghi’s powerplay, with his angry reaction on the bench courting headlines.
Bastoni left furious by Inter manager
A Football Italia report described the situation: “As highlighted by DAZN, Bastoni, in particular, was furious after being taken off the pitch by Inzaghi, kicking a seat on the bench multiple times.
“Teammate Robin Gosens tried to calm him down by commenting on how many were watching his reaction.
“It was the 23-year-old Italian centre-back’s first booking of the Serie A season. And he clearly wasn’t impressed with Inzaghi’s cautious actions.”
That flashpoint has cast doubt on Bastoni’s long-term future at the San Siro. His current contract expires in 2024, meaning a move in 2023 would make sense if he doesn’t intend to pen fresh terms.
However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Man Utd and Man City are ready to gatecrash any Tottenham move.
It’s revealed both Manchester clubs intend to ‘test Inter’s resolve’ in 2023.
Despite Bastoni having less than two years on his deal, Inter are fully aware of the talent Bastoni is.
As such, any and all suitors are likely to be quoted a price of at least £50m for Bastoni. Calciomercato recently put Inter’s exact valuation at £53m.
Tottenham’s interest is reaffirmed in the latest piece. Spurs will be hopeful their Serie A connections through Conte and Fabio Paratici can swing the deal their way if a two or even three-way battle emerges.
However, the presence of the Manchester clubs in any transfer race will not be greeted warmly in north London.
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Man City already have two left-footed centre-halves on their books.
Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake both operate on the left side, while Manuel Akanji’s arrival from Borussia Dortmund swelled their centre-back ranks to five. Ruben Dias and John Stones are the other senior stars.
Man Utd signed Lisandro Martinez to play left centre-back alongside Raphael Varane. Their established back-up options – Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof – are both right-footed.
However, the Manchester Evening News previously reported all three of Lindelof, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe could depart in 2023, something that would force the need to sign a new centre-half.
However, it is arguably Tottenham who will be in greatest need of Bastoni’s services next year.
Lenglet will likely return to Barcelona by which point Ben Davies will be Conte’s only left-footed option.
Conte also operates a back three, meaning he requires greater numbers in the position.
£50m-plus means a Bastoni deal will have to be carefully considered. However, he is a player Conte knows well from his time an Inter and at 23, his best years still lay ahead.